A YOUNG jobseeker has landed himself an apprenticeship after almost two years in the job queue.
Michael Driver has been one of the faces of the Hartlepool Mail’s Work in Progress campaign, which aims to highlight the plight of the town’s 4,627 unemployed and help people into work.
The 20-year-old has been searching high and low for a job and says he is delighted land an apprenticeship at town firm Spanco, which he hopes will lead to a prosperous future.
Michael, who had applied for more than 200 jobs, said: “I’m really happy. it’s got office training and hopefully it will be the start of a career.
“The Mail has been a big help and it’s great to have that support.
“It’s been really hard finding something, but I’ve got this now and it’s something I really want.”
The warehouse apprenticeship role at the technology firm will last for a year, and Michael is hopeful it will lead to a full-time job.
He will be responsible for packaging items and sorting out deliveries at the company’s base in Brenda Road.
Michael, of Lanark Road, Owton Manor, previously told the Mail he felt depressed as he struggled to find work after leaving Hartlepool College of Further Education with an NVQ Level 1 in plumbing.
But he says his mood has been lifted by landing the role, which will see him pick up a new qualification, and the future looks a lot brighter.
He said: “It’s put a positive outlook on things. I’ve been out of work for a year and 11 months and that has felt like a very long time.
“I’d say to people looking for work, just keep going and applying.
“It’s taken me a long time but hopefully this is the start of something really good.”
Michael, who is a voluntary coach at Seaton Rugby Club and Cricket Club, has been through a host of courses as part of his efforts to find work with the Work in Progress campaign.
The former Manor College of Technology pupil, who lives with his parents Ste and Teresa and 17-year-old sister Kayleigh, described how being unemployed at his age feels “like being 12” and how he feels restricted by not having a job.
His plight made national TV as BBC Breakfast picked up on his efforts with the Mail’s campaign to highlight the problems surrounding unemployment.